I actually really liked Class of 66's analogy about our bball team. I agree completely that there's something lacking in our players...desire, heart, killer instinct, or whatever you want to call it. I wanted to further support his analogy but with NBA players instead. I suppose I know more about the Lakers since I'm from L.A. Let's take a look at 3 of the Lakers' big stars - Odom, Pau, and Bynum. I think Phil Jackson has proven to be one of the best coaches in NBA history with more championship rings than he has fingers to wear them all. While I know CBH is not Phil Jackson, I want to make a comparison to how our guys tend to be like the 3 players from the Lakers.
For some reason, Odom does not bring his best to every game. However, when he does, we can agree that he is one of the best and most skilled. As a Laker fan, it is very frustrating that no one, including Phil Jackson, can pinpoint what it takes to get him motivated. He seems to just turn the switch on when he wants to and lag around when he doesn't feel like it. Bynum seems to be the same way. When he wants to show up, he's very effective. The problem is most of the time he doesn't really put 100% of his effort into the game. Our guys are certainly not Odom or Bynum, but I hope you can see what I'm saying. When our guys feel like showing up, we are quite effective. The problem is, no one knows for sure what will light that fire. CBH has tried changing the lineups, the style of play, and different rotations. Nothing seems to work unless the players feel like playing. I know, the argument has always been to bench the players who do not show up ready to play. However, Phil Jackson, the master of mind games, doesn't exactly bench Odom or Bynum when they only give 50%.
Then there is Pau. Perhaps the most skilled center in the NBA. Again, Pau is not aggressive in nature. It's not in him. The aggression that centers like Shaq or Perkins display cannot be taught. It's in them or it's not. I think it works the same with our team. Our guys, and I can see it from their faces, are not aggressive players. Put them with an aggressive opponent or challenge them a little and they tend to fold. They stop driving in or making cuts to develop the inside game, especially our guards.
As I watch in frustration how the Heat just manhandled the Lakers on Christmas, I felt like I was watching our BRUINS. You know they are better but they just didn't feel like playing, or the Heat intimidated them and they folded.
So comes the question, is it CBH's fault? I tend to agree with Class of 66 (or at least I hope it's one of his points) that he is not on the hot seat for doing a bad job coaching, but for continuing to recruit players that do not fit his style of play. We can agree that RW, LRM, AA, AA2, RH and all the other Ben Ball warriors had the heart and fire. They were always ready to play CBH's style of basketball. Then came JH and Gordon, players that thought they were too good to follow and play Ben Ball. In conclusion, if CBH is in the hot seat, I think it should be for his poor recruiting in focusing on flashy players that are not willing to play his style of basketball. Comments?